The Soul of Things: Direct Carving in American Art
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:30 pm
The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation

Join Dr. Karen Lemmey, Curator of Sculpture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as she discusses her new exhibition there entitled Direct Carving.  Wine & cheese reception to follow.

$15 suggested donation. Space is limited and RSVP required to:

An Evening with Ron Padgett
Tuesday April 21, 2015 6:30 pm
The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation

Join us for this very special event held in conjunction with our new exhibit, "The Word of Modern Art: Artists as Writers."

Award-winning, NY-based poet Ron Padgett will read poems by artists and also from his own writings. Wine & cheese reception to follow.

$15 suggested donation. Space is limited, and RSVP is required. When spaces are filled, we will have a waitlist. Please email to RSVP.

The Word of Modern Art: Artists as Writers
Opens March 7, 2015
The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation

March 7 - Oct. 30, 2015

Featuring art & writing by:

Inger Grytting / David Burliuk / Marsden Hartley / Pablo Picasso / Marc Chagall / Raphael Soyer / Benny Andrews / Louis Eilshemius / Chaim Gross / Naftoli Gross / William Zorach / Jacob Epstein / Allen Ginsberg / Mira Schor / Ilya Schor / Mimi Gross / Charles Bernstein / Edwin Denby / Rudy Burckhardt / Red Grooms / Jacob Lawrence / Henry Moore / Susan Bee / Mark Mirsky

More on the exhibition:

During the seventy years that he worked as a sculptor in New York City, Chaim Gross (1904-91) amassed an art collection of over 1,000 sculptures, paintings, and works on paper by his American and European contemporaries. His deep interest in their work also resulted in an extensive library of over 1,600 books, journals, pamphlets, and catalogs about their art. Today, the interplay of these written and visual documents—and of reading, hearing, and seeing words and images—opens up new ways of thinking about the simultaneously disciplined and infinite realm of the artist’s mind.


This exhibition features selected writings and artworks by Gross’s friends and colleagues, such as poetry and essays by painters David Burliuk, Marc Chagall, and Marsden Hartley, and books on the making of sculpture by William Zorach, Henry Moore, and Gross himself. Gross’s other literary projects included illustrations for the writings of his older brother, Naftoli Gross (1896-1956), a New York-based poet and a journalist for the Jewish Daily Forward. The inclusion of books in this installation underscores the Foundation’s role as a research center, and our mission to generate new scholarship on Gross, his contemporaries, and the history of American art.